Essay on Mechanical Analysis And Design : Hyatt Regency Disaster

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MCET 450: Mechanical Analysis & Design I
Hyatt Regency Disaster

Written by: Douglas Chu, Andrew Smilinich, Brian Esposito
Assignment Date: August 25, 2015
Due Date: September 1, 2015

Introduction: The Hyatt Regency disaster took place in Kansas City, Missouri on July 17, 1981. This tragedy occurred during a large gathering of people for the annual tea dance (Engineering Ethics:The Kansas city Hyatt Regency Walkways Collapse). According to the filed report the “atrium area was estimated at 1500 to 2000” people at the time of the collapse (Marshall,V). At this instant the 2nd and 4th floor walkways collapsed due to poor engineering design. This disaster had a totaled “113 people dead and 186 injured” (Marshall,V). The people who were involved in the creation of the walkway included the hotel owner Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, the engineering firm Gillium Cocaco Inc. (owned by Jack D. Gillium), and the manufacturing suppliers Haven Steel Company. Through ill communication, ethical issues, engineering design flaws, and manufacturing issues a change in design was proposed which preceded the ultimate failure of the structure. These issues are described below in detail, as well as corrective actions that could have been set in place to avoid such a disaster.
Analysis:
Root cause analysis uncovers many design and procedural flaws which could have prevented the Hyatt Regency disaster. The proper implementation of communication, ethics, engineering, and…

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